In “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” Indy comes to a complete stop at a deep gorge, which cuts him off from his goal.
He looks down. Fear stirs in the pit of his stomach.
His response is: “Impossible, no one can jump this!”
Indy looks down again. He needs to cross the chasm – but how?
Then he realises, “It’s a leap of faith . . .” He sounds disgruntled as he mutters words closely resembling, “Oh, Jesu –”
Taking a deep breath in, hand over heart, he takes one large step forward out into midair – only to find a narrow bridge has materialised under his feet. He had not plummeted to his death; he was safe on firm ground, and proceeds across the bridge, back on track towards his goal.
How like our lives this can be! We have a promise from God, a call on our life, an end goal in mind; only, we don’t see how it is possible to get there. No effort of man could pave the way. We muster the courage and take one (rather small) step forward. The difference is no bridge appears. A single paver is beneath our feet with more air before us.
It can seem mightily unfair when God chooses not to reveal the whole bridge to us; at least Indy was able to see the immensely narrow bridge that he was on.
We forget the Lord, so focused are we on that gulf below. We take shuffling steps forward; making very slow progress, because we fear plummeting to our deaths if we were to step out too boldly.
So how do we overcome this fear (a fear which we classify as being “very reasonable” given the chasm below)?
Take your eyes from the bridge and look into the face of Christ. He is standing before you. Follow where He leads and your feet will be sure to find the firm ground.
I am foremost amongst those guilty of trying to downplay the great visions God gives to me. They seem exciting at first – until I realise the gulf that lies between where I am and the attainment of that vision. The moment I take my focus off God, fear rises in my throat. I slow my pace and downsize the vision.
We need to spend less time worrying over ifs, buts, and maybes. Instead, we must engage in daily worship and prayer. Fellowshipping with other believers in small groups and prayer meetings builds our faith. Listening to sermons gives us forward momentum.
And ALWAYS, ALWAYS, keep our eyes on our King. He walks before us, so there is no need or reason to be afraid. He has a net below, to catch us if we slip to the right or to the left. And the pavers appear beneath us as we take each step forward.
Do not be afraid to take one large leap after another towards that to which God is calling you. Reflect on what He has promised and cling to it. Do not let yourself be discouraged, for “He who has called us is faithful, He will surely do it”.
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-24).